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Delicious and Moist Sour Cherry Cake Recipe

The combination of sour cherries and sweet vanilla cake makes for the perfect dessert recipe for any time of the year. Sharing our recipe for making the ultimate delicious and moist sour cherry yogurt cake for your family to enjoy as much as ours does.

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Sour Cherry Cake Recipe

I only recently started to appreciate the versatility of sour cherries while I started noticing all the many delicious recipes our mom was preparing with her freshly picked sour cherries off her backyard tree. From sour cherry cheesecake to homemade sour cherry pie and pie filling for canning, cherry strudel and even cherry liquer! Stay tuned for these homestyle recipes coming soon to the blog!

The cake batter is made simply from scratch using plain or vanilla yogurt, which prepared on it’s own without the sour cherries is also a wonderful dessert option. Just sprinkle the top with icing sugar and you’re good to go!

Otherwise to include the sour cherries, it’s best to add them to the poured batter just before placing the pan in to the oven. To keep the cherries from sinking to the very bottom of the pan, first coat them lightly with blended oats.

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Sour Cherry Cake Recipe

Jane and Sonja
Delicious and utterly moist vanilla cake made with sour cherries.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Croatian


  • 9×13 size pan


  • 5 eggs
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt or vanilla
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1.5 cup sour cherries halves and pitted
  • cup blended oats for coating the cherries
  • pinch of salt


  • In a separate bowl, combine baking powder with flour.
  • Combine sour cherries with blended oats. This will help prevent the cherries from sinking to the bottom as it bakes. Keep aside.
  • Beat eggs with sugar, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt.
  • Blend well for 3-4 minutes on medium speed.
  • Add yogurt slowly and continue mixing.
  • Add oil slowly and continue mixing.
  • After about 10 minutes in total, add the dry ingredients. Slowly sift in the dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. Blend well.
  • Add half of the cherries into the bowl and fold in 2-3 times.
  • Pour batter into a greased pan.
  • By hand, place the remaining cherries on top. The cherries will be absorbed into the batter as it rises and bakes.
  • Bake 370F for 30-35 minutes. Check with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, then ready.
Keyword cake, cherries, dessert
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